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Remember to Vote Today

Today, November 3, 2009, is Election Day and it is crucial that everyone in our region votes! One of the key ways we each can influence critical public policy in our nation is by exercising our hard-earned right to vote.

You can find your polling place here. Polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm in Pennsylvania. More voting information can be found here.

Need a ride or more information in Philadelphia? Visit the Vote for Homes Coalition Website or call 215-232-7272 x3106 or x3042.

Statewide, questions or problems can also be directed to the Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE

State Judges and Appellate Justices, City District Attorney, City Controller, Judges and Inspector of Elections, and Trial Judges including Common Pleas, Municipal, and Traffic Court Judges

All registered Philadelphians over the age of 18 who registered by October 5, 2009. You can vote if you are on probation or parole, serving time for a misdemeanor, in jail awaiting trial, on house arrest, have a previous felony record in PA or another state. You cannot vote if you are currently serving time for a felony or are on pre-release status.

Votes PA has information on where you can find your polling place.

Voters may choose someone to assist them. Anyone can help EXCEPT the voter’s union representative, employer or the Judge of Elections. Votes PA has voting system demos and a guide for first-time voters.


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